Karzai urges Islamabad to release key Afghan Taliban leaders

ISLAMABAD: President Afghanistan Hamid Karzai urged Islamabad on Monday to release key Taliban leaders including Mullah Baradar languishing in Pakistani jails.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has arrived in Pakistan on a one-day visit for talks expected to focus on what happens when most foreign troops pull out of his country next year and whether or not the Afghan Taliban, in power from 1996 and 2001, will have a role.

Pakistan is considered crucial to peace talks with the Islamist group whose sanctuaries straddle the mountainous border between the South Asian neighbors.

After arrival in Islamabad, he held talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his team. During the meeting post US withdrawal scenario and matters relating to peace in Afghanistan were discussed in detail.

Afghan president also urged Pakistan to release some important leaders of the Afghan Taliban – a move that will help peace talks between the United States, Afghanistan and the Taliban.